I'm Jayne, a digital artist, music promoter and childhood cancer awareness advocate in South Wales.
I have always been creative and as a child was always making things. My parents house contains various framed artworks of mine such as a Japanese garden that I drew then cut out and pasted the pieces onto a black background and a pressed flower arrangment. As an adult I enjoyed doing charcoal portraits but, due to pain/finger numbness caused by my osteoarthritis, holding the charcoal sticks for any length of time has become more and more uncomfortable.
When digital art came into my life it meant that I could still be creative but without as much physical discomfort as I use my laptop and mouse to do my art. With my various health issues my art gives me a positive focus, and with digital art my imagination knows no bounds.
I've always also loved fantasy/escapism/the supernatural and that love shows in my artwork which predominantly features vampires, witches, mermaids and fairies. My other love, music (I learned to read and write music, and play the piano, at age 6), also plays a part in my artwork and there are often guitars, a piano and musical notes included.
I’ve had some great reactions to my artwork, both out and about in public (with my art on tote bags) and online, and it was a great thrill getting my first 'fanmail' from a young girl saying "your artwork is amazing". Artists always make art for themselves first and foremost, but if the artwork gives others pleasure then it's achieved something special. We all need something to make us smile and I hope to do that with my art pieces.
Apart from doing my art, I run one of the largest independent music showcase websites in Wales (Paradiddles Plectrums and Posers) If you search 'unsigned guitar bands' on Google, PP&P comes out top of the results out of 2+m ... so not too shabby for an independently run website with no sponsors or adverts. PP&P is a labour of love and I make no money from it. I did also work as a radio plugger/music promoter for a couple of years and had artists played on stations all over the world as well as BBC Radio and a national daytime UK television show to an audience of around 1.6 million (that was a huge thrill for me and the artist).
I'm an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and have a website, Guitars 4 Good, in the name of which, apart from sharing children's stories and fundraising links, etc, I design personalised cushions for young children with cancer and bereaved parents. I thought of doing cushions after seeing a photograph of two little sisters (both of whom had cancer) who had not seen each other for three weeks while one was in hospital. Cushions are something you can cuddle (or as we in Wales say ‘cwtch’) and so can be cuddled in the absence of the loved one whose photo is on the cushion. That was my initial idea. Now they also bring comfort to bereaved parents. I've had a few mothers tell me it made them smile, and if you can make someone smile in such heartbreaking circumstances for even a few minutes, then that's just priceless. You can see the cushions I have done so far, with some of the children, on the 'Charity Designs' page.
My other loves are animals - I have rescued many cats and dogs over the past 20+ years, re-homing some and keeping others myself. I currently have 3 rescued cats and sponsor a dog with The Dogs Trust, which I have done since 2000; the sea - I would one day love to leave near the sea ... but if not, a river will do; and nature. I always appreciate the beauty that surrounds us where I live as we are surrounded by mountains and a lot of greenery.
Remember, you are never too old to learn new skills and try something new, and certainly never too old to dream.
Some of my charcoal portraits.